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The merits of monarchy?

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Enkhidu:
I've got this friend who thinks the best form of gov't is a theocratic monarchy. The problem is that he's not a very, well, sharp knife if you know what I mean, and doesn't get the limitations inherent in that form of rulership.

Anyway, we've been round the proverbial bend on this one before. So many times, in fact that he's heard all my arguments.

So what's your take?

Knightcrawler:
Monarchy just doesn't work unless it is a historical.figurehead position like England.  And Theocracy in any form is bad.

Dr_Avalanche:
Theocratic? Really?

I could make a (weak) argument for democratic monarchy, but theocratic?

No, sorry. That's just all sorts of dumb.

Varaj:
I am not found of the idea.  A technocracy would be best or a meritocracy after that.
Over all different governments server different needs.  What is best for one group in time will not be best for another.

Elwood P. Dowd:
The merits of a Monarchy depend on the merits of the Monarch.  You friend sounds like a good and thoughtful person.  I admire him for not worshiping at the altar of Democracy, as is the current fashion.

You might want to check out Democracy: The God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order by Hans-Herman Hoppe
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765808684/sr=8-1/qid=1141154751/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-7656910-2854258?%5Fencoding=UTF8

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